ALMOST ONE: Patricia and Carlos Amaral with their son, leap year baby Lucas.
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ALMOST ONE: Patricia and Carlos Amaral with their son, leap year baby Lucas. Photo supplied

Lucas Amaral will officially only have a birthday every four years but his parents intend to celebrate every year.

Patricia and Carlos Amaral have opted for February 28 as their son’s annual ‘birthday’, but say they will let Lucas choose a date when he is older.

Lucas was born on February 29 last year, making him a leap year baby.

Mrs Amaral, of Devonshire, said: “I was due to give birth on March 5 so he was a little early.

“I had never really given leap years much thought until he was born, but then I saw how much of a fuss everyone made over him.

“Now, I think being born on a leap year makes him even more special.”

Mrs Amaral, an accountant, and her husband, a farmer, are planning a quiet first birthday party this year, with family and friends at home.

Celebration

“We’ve decided to go with February 28 as his birthday, as February is his month,” said Mrs Amaral.

“But every four years we will definitely have a party, and as he gets older he can probably choose which day to celebrate on.”

The couple also have a six-year-old daughter, Sofia, and a four-year-old boy, Mateus.